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Air China Offers 0 Yuan Tickets to Lure Travellers

Air China announced to offer 200 discounted tickets as low as 0 yuan during September 21-25, covering 10 destinations abroad. Kuala Lumpur and Montreal-bound tickets will be offered from September 21. Colombo and Paris-bound tickets will be provided from September 22. Bangkok and Johannesburg-bound tickets can be booked from September 23. Hakodate and Okinawa-bound tickets booking...

Passengers Can Watch Live TV on China Flights

Passengers on China's flights can now watch live TV programs as a domestically-developed satellite TV system has come into service, the country's flag carrier Air China said on Sunday. After multiple successful testings with satisfactory user experience, the system has passed technical appraisal. The system enabled passengers on a flight from Beijing to the southern coastal resort ci...

China Eastern Takes Delivery of Its 50th A330

Airbus and China Eastern Airlines (MU) celebrated Friday the delivery of the airline's 50th A330 aircraft in Toulouse, France, marking a new milestone in the airline's fleet modernization. The 50th A330 aircraft, an A330-200 powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 700 engines, features a two class configuration with 233 seats, including 202 economy class seats and 30 lie flat b...

Check-in Counters to Be Closed 45 Mins Before Departure at Chengdu Airport

Airlines' check-in counters for all domestic flights will be closed 45 minutes, instead of the current 30 minutes, prior to the scheduled time of departure at Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport (CTU) starting October 25. The latest move is to provide customers with a safer, more punctual and smoother travel experience, said the airport. The adjustment only applies to...

Flight Returns After Passenger Suffers Heart Attack

A Chengdu Airlines (EU) flight en route from Chengdu to Taiyuan returned to Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport (CTU) Friday night after a passenger suffered a heart attack, local media reported. Flight EU2713 took off from Chengdu airport at 8:08 p.m. and returned to the airport at 8:54 p.m. A male passenger suffered a heart attack about 10 minutes after takeoff. The...

Passenger Detained for Opening Emergency Door During taxiing

A passenger opened an emergency door on a Hainan Airlines (HU) flight without authorization on Saturday morning when the plane was taxiing. Flight HU7917 from Lanzhou to Taipei was taxiing for takeoff at Lanzhou Zhongchuan International Airport (LHW) when a woman on board the aircraft opened an emergency door. She thought she was "opening a window", according to an airport s...

AVIC Forecasts China Will Need 5,522 New Aircraft over Next 20 Years

China will need 5,522 new commercial aircraft in the next 20 years between 2015 and 2034, the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) projected Wednesday at the Aviation Expo China 2015. China's air transport market kept a steady and fast growth in 2014. The turnover rose 11.4 percent year on year to 74.81 billion tonne-kilometers, making China the second largest air travel...

Airbus Delivers 90 Planes to China in Jan.-Aug.

European plane maker Airbus has delivered up to 90 new aircraft to China from January to August this year, the company revealed today in the Aviation Expo China 2015 in Beijing. According to the delivery plan, Airbus will deliver over 100 airplanes to China for the six consecutive year in 2015. For the first eight months ending on Aug. 31, Airbus has delivered 90 aircraft...

China building third airstrip on disputed South China Sea islets

China appears to be building a third airstrip in contested territory in the South China Sea, a U.S. expert said on Monday, citing satellite photographs taken last week. The photographs taken for Washington's Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) think tank on Sept. 8 show construction on Mischief Reef, one of several artificial islands China has created in the Spratly archip...

286 Helicopters Sold at China Helicopter Expo

More than 280 helicopters were sold at the China Helicopter Exposition 2015 in the northern city of Tianjin. The event, which ended on Sunday, attracted 366 enterprises from the industry home and abroad, including 163 overseas enterprises, according to the organizer. More than 19,000 industry professionals and some 72,000 public visitors attended the four-day event. Specially, AC352, AC31...

Shanghai-Moscow Flight Returns Due to Medical Emergency

China Eastern Airlines (MU) flight MU591 from Shanghai to Moscow returned to Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG) after reaching Mongolia's airspace today due to a passenger onboard suffered illness, according to a source familiar with the matter. The Moscow-bound aircraft is estimated to take off from Shanghai at 11:55 a.m. and its actual takeoff t...

Boeing Said to Study First China Plant for Work on 737 Jetliner

Boeing Co. is exploring whether to open a factory in China to complete work on its top-selling 737-model jetliners, the first facility of its kind outside the U.S., according to a person familiar with the plans. The facility would perform tasks such as painting aircraft built at Boeing's single-aisle plant outside Seattle, said the person, who wasn't authorized to comment publicly. M...